Chiefs, Round 5.
Postseason Events: Senior Bowl and NFL Combine.
Positives: Was a redshirt senior with several starts in college running a prostyle offense, so he is probably as ready to be in the NFL as he will ever be. Good height and adequate bulk for the position. Great hand size. Generally adequate accuracy on short and intermediate patterns and on the move. Adequate arm strength and consistently throws with very nice touch on intermediate passes. Shows nice anticipation on timing patterns, throwing to receivers before they make their breaks. Adequate track speed and quickness off the line for the position. Adequate vertical leap and lower-body explosiveness in Combine drills. Good ability to change directions with burst in Combine drills. Above-average speed, and is willing to run and is willing to slide at the end of runs. Patient as a runner with pretty good vision and will extend and dive for extra yards. Adequate speed for his size and position. Can step up in pocket under outside pressure. Picks his way through traffic pretty well on runs. Shows some toughness, playing through a sprained ankle that happened in September 2015.
Negatives: Below-average accuracy on intermediate passes to the sideline. He has lapses in accuracy, and will overthrow receivers on screen passes. Below-average accuracy on deep passes, and will miss all over the map on those passes. Inconsistent accuracy down the seam, and will overthrow or underthrow them often. Though his arm strength is adequate, his velocity is below average. Hesitant, and will hold the ball too long. Eyeballs receivers consistently. Throws with a long delivery and a three-quarter release. Sometimes lacks patience as a passer – not letting progressions happen. Gets a little bit of happy feet when given too much time in the pocket and will just take off for no reason. Doesn’t see the middle of the field very well on intermediate passes. Throws into coverage deep. Passes sail on him with his feet are not set. Runs too upright in short yardage situations. Takes chances with his body and the ball on the run, and looks vulnerable to fumbling on the run. Though he is willing to slide as a runner, he doesn’t look comfortable doing it.
Pre-Draft Projection: Round 2. I would give him more of a Round 3 grade, but he has shown enough during his college years that some team will draft him earlier than expected. He can be at least a very good backup in the pros, and will probably be a starter at some point. His combination of athleticism and passing ability give him a good chance to contribute heavily in the pros.